The ParkEDU team here at WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument welcomes teachers and students from across the country and world to participate in our programs.
What is ParkEDU?
ParkEDU is the park education team here at VALR. We are made up of NPS rangers, volunteers, and education specialists via direct aid from our cooperation association Pacific Historic Parks. In 2015 we assisted 27,000 learners with their education pursuits.
How do I contact ParkEDU?
You can reach ParkEDU by phone (808-422-3320) from 8:00 to 2:00, Monday through Friday. You can also email us.
What qualifies as an educational group?
The National Park Service defines bona fide academic/educational groups as accredited academic institutions.
What if my group doesn't qualify as a bona fide academic or educational group?
Do not despair - there are still many ways you can obtain tickets for the USS Arizona Memorial program. Even if we cannot accomodate your group, our park is free and open to the public. There are no tickets needed to walk the grounds or visit the museums.
- If your group has already contacted a permitted transportation provider, you can ask them to obtain tickets on your behalf via recreation.gov (NPS and ParkEDU have no control over the price per person fee).
- You can attempt to obtain tickets on your own via recreation.gov, but you will have a max of six tickets per reservation and you will need to have multiple purchasers and credit cards available (USS Arizona Memorial program tickets are free, but there is a $1.50 convenience fee per reserved ticket).
- Last but not least, you can come to the park with all of your group members and request any of the 1,300 walk-in tickets available daily (we do occasionally run out of tickets). You will be offered the first available program time that can accommodate most of the group.
What if I am a not-for-profit/non-profit group?
Non-profit groups are described as groups who have a 501(c)3 permit on file with the IRS. You must also submit your lesson plan for what you want to accomplish by visiting the USS Arizona Memorial.
What if I'm a tour company or destination management organization working on behalf of a school?Unfortunately, a ticket broker or DMO is not an educational group and cannot request tickets on behalf of an educational group. The teacher responsible for the students should be requesting tickets to be reserved and provide the necessary justifications (Management Policies Section 184.108.40.206). This is done to ensure the point of contact for the educational group is aware of the procedures, bag policies, visitor expectations, and also so we may be alerted to any medical conditions.
What are the park hours of operation?
VALR is open 362 days a year. We are closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. VALR is open from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, with programs running every 15 minutes from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm.
How far in advance can I make an educational field trip request?
Educational reservations can be made up to 12 months in advance. All request must be sent to the ParkEDU team by filling out a field trip request form. Please keep in mind that a request is just a request until it has been confirmed by a ParkEDU team member.
In order to allow adequate time to prepare a quality visit, we ask that reservation be made as early as possible. However, if your group doesn't have that much time, we will do our best to accommodate your request.
What do tickets for the USS Arizona Memorial include?
The tickets you receive from ParkEDU are for the USS Arizona Memorial documentary film and ferry ride to and from the USS Arizona Memorial.
How long does the program last?
We ask our educational groups to arrive 60 minutes prior to the ticket time. Depending on which supplemental education program you choose, your group will be on-site between 2.5 hours to 4 hours. These times do not include lunches or time through the bookstore.
Is there a cost for tickets through ParkEDU?
The USS Arizona Memorial program tickets are free. If your group chooses to do an add-on program with a fee (the USS Arizona narrated tour or Jr. Ranger program), there are fees. All other add-on programs are free.
What days and times are available for field trips?
My school is a Title 1 school and cannot afford bus fees. What can we do?
Here at ParkEDU, we have a special fund set aside for Hawaii based Title 1 schools. Our funds are limited, so please let us know when you request your field trip that you are in need of assistance. If available, ParkEDU will cover up to $500 of your bus transportation funds only (we do not cover wait time fees). Please contact your school's contracted bus provider and have them contact us at e-mail us to verify our financial aid and billing information.
PLEASE NOTE THE USE OF BUS FUNDS ARE CONTINGENT UPON THE PARKEDU STAFF PERFORMING A CLASSROOM PRE-SITE VISIT.
Are there specific supplemental education programs for my students?
Yes. ParkEDU is pleased to offer a variety of supplemental education programs for all levels of learners. These programs are free except for the USS Arizona Memorial narrated tour and the Jr. Ranger Scavenger Hunt. These supplemental programs are to be used in addition to your ticket reservation. When you fill out the online reservation request form, you can select the program you want.
All of our programs have been aligned with Hawaii State Benchmarks, Common Core Standards, and C3 Framework Standards. Please go to the field trips page to find out more information and a sample itinerary.
How many people can I bring in my group?
We can accommodate up to 145 students (max capacity) depending on availability. If you have more than 145 participants, we will have to break your group up over multiple program times depending on availability.
PLEASE NOTE: We do not reserve tickets for non-school approved guests. This includes school alumni groups, siblings, and/or family members (except for homeschooling groups). Please make sure your numbers reflect only those being sponsored by the academic/educational institution or group.
How many chaperones will be needed?
We recommend a student-to-chaperone ratio of 10:1 or less. The closer you can get to that ratio, the better. All chaperones are expected to closely monitor student behavior, as VALR is a site that calls for respect and the memorial calls for quiet reflection.
When should we arrive?
Field trips to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center typically last about 2.5 hours, not including lunches and time through the bookstore. We ask our educational groups to arrive at least 60 minutes prior to you ticket time to allow adequate time to tour the museums, pick up audio headsets (if this applies to you), use the restrooms, and/or store lunches (if this applies to you).
If you are not on-site at least 60 minutes prior to your scheduled ticket time, your tickets may be released to the general public.
What do you mean when you say "ticket time?"
Each ticket for the USS Arizona Memorial documentary film and ferry ride to and from the USS Arizona is based off time. Ticket times run every 15 minutes from 7:30 to 3:00 pm. When a ParkEDU staff reserves your tickets, they are for a specific time. It is imperative that you call or email if you think you are going to be late or need to change your ticket time.
Did you say something about lunches?
Yes. For those groups visiting during our weekday designated education blocks (Monday - Friday at 10:00 or 11:15 am ticket times), storage for your group's lunches is available in our education building. Please let us know when filling out the online reservation request form so we can reserve the building and lanai for you.
Your group may eat their picnic style lunch throughout the education lanai, grassy areas around education building, or in the front under the trees. We ask that the lunches be picnic style. If your group wants to bring catered lunches, you MUST have a permit prior to coming to the site. If you need to obtain a permit for catering, please e-mail us.
What should we NOT bring?
WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument has a strict NO BAG POLICY in places for this park. This policy extends to every one - teachers and chaperones included.
We do, however, allow for medical/emergency/first aid bags per group. If you have a child who must carry their own medical bag with them, please let us know ahead of time so we can flag the bag as needed.
Our security rangers will direct unauthorized bags to the Bowfin Bag Storage, where bags can be stored for $3.00 per bag, USD cash only.
What can we bring?
You can bring in water bottles, cameras, small-hand-sized clutches, wallets, cell phones, etc. You can even bring in see-through or clear bags. Any covered bags need to be stored at the Bowfin Bag Storage.
What should we wear?
It is best to dress for the weather. Sunscreen and comfortable but appropriate clothing (your group may be turned away for inappropriate attire) is recommended. Closed-toe shoes are easiest for all the walking involved, but are not required. If you have students wearing hats, we ask that they be removed and held while at the memorial.
May we visit the bookstore?
Yes, but this time hasn't been factored into the allotted time for the field trip. If your school has extra allotted time after the field trip activities have been completed, we invite you to visit the bookstore. If you choose to purchase something, please let the cashier know you are a teacher on a field trip, and they should give you a discount. Please make sure each group of students in the bookstore is accompanied by an adult.
Expectations of teachers and chaperones:
Student safety is our number one concern. Students must be supervised at all times while on a school sponsored event. As a teacher or chaperone, ensure that your students become engaged and active learners.
Expectations of students:
Teachers, please review this with your students prior to your visit.
- Treat others how you want to be treated
- Listen when the ranger, teacher/chaperone, or ParkEDU staff is talking.
- Always stay with your group
- Avoid injuries: Do not run or climb on any exhibits or trees at any time, do not go on the rocks around the shoreline, and do not jump in the harbor.
- Do not feed the birds! They can bite you.
- BE RESPECTFUL OF THE SITE AND OTHER VISITORS AROUND YOU. This memorial is the final burial site for more than 950 men who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. Visiting the USS Arizona Memorial is no different than visiting another national cemetery.
- Use inside, library voices when you are on the memorial and in the museums
- Keep your phones on silent while at the VALR site; do not text or make phone calls while you are on the memorial.
How do I reserve tickets for your partner sites?
Our partner sites include USS Bowfin Submarine, USS Missouri Battleship Museum and Pacific Aviation Museum. Please contact those education sites directly by click on one of the following links: USS Bowfin Email, USS Missouri Battleship Email, Pacific Aviation Museum Field Trip page.
What if my group is on the mainland and can't make it to the monument?
We offer Virtual Classroom visits using the Google Hangouts platform. Depending on the security of your email, you may need a Google email account to access the platform. We are working on creating Virtual Classroom visits using AdobeConnect, but that will be coming in the future. If you are interested in learning more about our Virtual Classroom visits or would like to set up a day and time, please e-mail us.
What about parking?
If you are using a school bus or another commercial bus service, you will want to be dropped off and picked up in the commercial lot. At the first intersection on Arizona Memorial Place, turn left. The commercial drop off zone will be on the right. If you are using non-commercial vehicles, at the intersection turn right and you may park in any of the open parking lots.
What is the physical address of WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument?
Our address is 1 Arizona Memorial Place, Honolulu, HI 96818. If you are using a GPS, please type in our site name or physical address.
DO NOT put in "Pearl Harbor" -- that will take you to the military base's visitor's center.
What if we want to have a ceremony or performance at the monument?
If your group is interested in filming on site, laying a wreath at the USS Arizona Memorial, offering a musical tribute or performance, holding a ceremony, conducting a demonstration or similar use, you must obtain a Special Use Permit through Commercial Services. Please e-mail us.
If you have any additional questions not addressed in the FAQ, please e-mail us.
Download the Field Trip FAQ (PDF)
**Please note that this field trip FAQ is for our site only, which is commonly referred to as VALR, the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, or the USS Arizona Memorial. Tickets you receive through ParkEDU for the USS Arizona do NOT include tickets for our partner sites: the USS Bowfin Submarine, the USS Missouri Battleship, and the Pacific Aviation Museum. Please contact those sites directly for ticket information.**